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Babbage

The changing story of human evolution

Our podcast on science and technology. This week, we trace the evolutionary journey that created Homo sapiens, and explore how new technology is revealing the complexity of our origins

The Intelligence

“It’s a remarkably unpredictable race”—Succeeding Boris Johnson

Also on the daily podcast: what is “fetal personhood”, and Egypt’s vanishing houseboats

Editor’s Picks

Why Britain is in a dangerous state, why the world’s most exciting app is also its most mistrusted, and Trumpism’s new Washington army

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist

The Intelligence

“Sri Lankans after months of protests have got what they want”—Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigns

Also on the daily podcast: Europe’s healthy big tech firms, and remembering Peter Brook

Checks and Balance

How will the Democrats weather the next recession?

Our weekly podcast on democracy in America. This week, we explore why inflation is so politically perilous for the left

The Intelligence

“This is shocking, and really, for many, unfathomable”—the murder of Abe Shinzo

Also on the daily podcast: a worrisome resurgence of one of Congo’s many rebel groups and the robots come for Britain’s asparagus

The Economist Asks

What lies ahead for Britain after Boris Johnson?

Anne McElvoy talks to The Economist’s Andrew Palmer and Soumaya Keynes about the British prime minister’s legacy and the problems that await his successor, and Charles Powell, Margaret Thatcher’s closest adviser, compares the fall of the two leaders

The Intelligence

“There was a sense that there was little left in government apart from scandal”—Boris Johnson’s climbdown

Also on the daily podcast: LGBT rights and the law in South-East Asia, and Oscar Peterson’s continuing gifts to jazz in Montreal

Money Talks

Who’s afraid of TikTok?

Our podcast on markets, the economy and business. This week, we weigh concerns raised by competitors and regulators about the social-media app’s rising influence.

The Intelligence

“These were standards they were unable to defend”—Boris Johnson’s woes

Also on the daily podcast: the post-pandemic future of public transport and consumer drones in the skies over Ukraine

Babbage

The new physics

Our podcast on science and technology. This week, as the Large Hadron Collider returns to life, we explore the theories that could move physics beyond the Standard Model

The Intelligence

“We’re seeing the initial signs of a slowdown in the world economy”—the road to recessions

Also on the daily podcast: China’s reckless fighter-jet pilots and an economic lesson from a haircut gone wrong